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Obaida Saad Abdullah
I am Obaida Saad Abdullah, I was born in 1992 in Iraq and I lived and grew up in Mosul in a family for which education was always very important.
Until 2014, I completed a four-year degree in telecommunications. During my studies, I worked as a technician in a specialized computer store and for a short time as a network supporter within a small internet service provider. In my third year of study, I did an internship at the largest mobile service provider company.
Arrival in Austria
The 28 October 2015 was my first day in Austria and then in January 2016, I began learning German. A German guy once told me – “Life is very short to learn German”, but nevertheless I was able to learn the German language. In the end, I think, you can achieve anything if you believe in it.
“In the end, I think, you can achieve anything if you believe in it.”
After a year in Austria, I volunteered at the Viennese main train station. In August 2017, I started working as an Arabic-German translator for 8 months. In May 2018, I finally got the positive asylum decision, which allowed me to apply for the MTOP Associate Program.
“I am the first and the youngest trainee in the area where I am currently working.”
In October 2018 I started an internship for 3 months at A1, the largest mobile network provider in Austria in the field of network planning. In January 2019 the internship was extended for another 6 months. I am the first and the youngest trainee in the area where I am currently working.
Everything that happened in my country has had a positive and a negative impact on ourselves. We collected many bad memories about the war and the poor conditions of security and living, we became different people. People who became much stronger, who risked their lives and finally had to run for their safety. Because it could have been worse if we had not dared to take such a dangerous path. Therefore, my own life perspective is that you always have to dare to take a risk, to learn something new that could eventually help you.
“My life perspective is that you always have to dare to take a risk, to learn something new that could eventually help you.”
Because in the end, life is a collection of mixed bad and good experiences that we can use to help someone by sharing them.